How to Destroy Time Wasting Activities

Avoiding Time Wasting Activities

Over the past few months, my focus has been on ruthless self-discipline. I’ve written about this extensively on the site. It’s important to me, and it should be to you as well. After all, we live and we die. Life moves quickly, a realization I’ve made just recently. Before we know it, our best years are behind us. We wake …

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Learning Self-Discipline (4 Life Areas of Focus)

Learning Self-Discipline (4 Life Areas of Focus)

When self-discipline is weak or non-existent, frustration sets in. What results is what we commonly refer to as a “rut.” When we do not understand the process, we wallow in inconsistency. If prolonged, this inconsistency turns to self-disgust. Learning self-discipline will change your life – it may not be the catalyst you remember the most, but it will be pretty close. Self-discipline …

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The Importance of Charitable Giving (and How You Can Help)

The Importance of Charitable Giving (and How You Can Help)

Christmas will be here in a few days, and with that, a time for me to reflect on the true meaning of the holidays and gift giving – specifically, charitable giving. This Christmas, my girlfriend and I decided to keep gifts under $50. We also plan to spend a day volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Unlike most of my possession-driven companions, …

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Why a Chip on Your Shoulder is Mandatory for Success

Why You Always Need a Chip on Your Shoulder

You need a chip on your shoulder to maximize self-discipline and consistency. Without an intrinsic purpose, attention to detail wavers and eventually ceases. The reason why we  give up so quickly is because we do not have a strong enough purpose to stay the course, especially when complications arise. There are days where we might not feel like doing anything. That …

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Learning From Squirrels: Three Traits to Embody

Learning From Squirrels: Two Traits to Embody

Squirrels are cast as a disruptive, invasive species that serves no purpose. But they are remarkably misunderstood. Let me explain. I’ve learned that squirrels are crafty creatures we can learn a thing or two from. Being in the city, I see squirrels all the time. Perhaps a moment of serendipity, I focused on this one squirrel the other day on my way to the gym. The …

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Conquer Thy Body: 5 Workout Enhancements to Build Lasting Muscle

Muscle Building Technqiues

 This is Part III of a three-part series on understanding the fundamentals of a successful workout program. My goal is to help you avoid the common pitfalls in a world of false information. I will break down concepts using scientific reasoning and evidence, so you know exactly what you need to do to maximize your time and effort in the gym. (Part I and …

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Conquer Thy Body: The Simple Science of Muscle Growth

science of muscle growth

 This is Part II (read Part I here) of a three-part series on understanding the fundamentals of a successful workout program. My goal is to help you avoid the common pitfalls in a world of false information. I will break down concepts using scientific reasoning and evidence, so you know exactly what you need to do to maximize your time and effort in the …

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Conquer Thy Body: Avoiding Bad Fitness Advice (Two Books to Trust)

Conquer Thy Body - How to Navigate the Overwhelming Advice of the Fitness

 This is Part I of a three-part series on understanding the fundamentals of a successful workout program. My goal is to help you avoid the common pitfalls in a world of false information. I will break down concepts using scientific reasoning and evidence, so you know exactly what you need to do to maximize your time and effort in the gym. I’m obsessed with …

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Stoicism and Death: Making Sense of Our Eventual Demise

Using Stoicism to Make Sense of Death

Everyone dies. It is the end of all and can be a mortifying thought. I used to think about death a lot. I would get stuck, often thinking about a large black void on repeat. I told myself over and over, “the day will come where I no longer exist. I will be nothing.” Dwelling on our eventual death is unhealthy and a poor …

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Becoming One with the Cold: My HIIT Contrast Shower Routine

HIIT contrast shower

“The cold makes you go within.” -Wim Hof One of my 2015 goals was to incorporate cold shower therapy into my daily routine. I had recently found Wim Hof and became mesmerized by his interviews where he discussed his rare accomplishments through the mastery of cold water therapy and controlled breathing. I was impressed with the logic behind his actions and wanted to embrace the cold. So …

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